College? I'd Rather Major in IM

by a1batross 59 replies
I don't suppose it's every day that someone 17 years-old (or younger) finds a site like warriorforum, let alone takes the time to salvage its precious info. Yet here I am, and after much deliberation, I'm going to be taking a plunge.

You can probably guess what this post entails based on the title. I'm graduating from the class of 2012 just this Saturday, and unlike the rest of my friends, college was not something I wanted to do. Crippling debt, high interest rates, and 4 more years gone to schooling. No, I don't want to keep waiting to start holding my own ground. So let me take a moment to explain what I've decided on instead--

First course of action starts tomorrow--my search for a summer job. Minimum wage, whatever I can find. While doing that grind, I'm going to be working on writing, making videos, or anything else I can do to put myself "out there" in the world of the internet. Two years ago, I posted a video on YouTube that has now gathered over 250,000 views (Check it out--watch?v=eGguwYPC32I). Because of this, I have something of a starting point that I can work off of. There're are also many topics I'd like to talk about, so it's a good thing to do even without many viewers. People have been asking me to make videos, but school work kept me busy. Though, being honest, I could have made more videos. It was my own laziness that prevented me from doing more.

Now, don't think I'm going to be mooching off my parents. Where's the fun in that? Next step forward is toward the end of Summer, when I head off for a work-exchange opportunity (See: workaway.info). You don't have to go to the site, but the gist is that you can go work with someone independently for a few hours a day, often on farms/ranches but it could be anything, and they provide a place to stay, food, and usually internet connection. Since I won't have to pay for any of these things, this frees up my money for...well, anything really. What I intend to use it for is to make more money using the techniques on this site, both online and off.

The point of all this? A few obvious things--economic freedom, time to follow creative pursuits (and perhaps make money off of those), and most of all, freedom to travel wherever I like. This is all assuming things pan out well. If not, I'm prepared to take other routes such as a trade job like an electrician or community college as a last resort. This is unlikely though, as I'm a person who likes to live very minimalistically, so even a small income could support the lifestyle I desire.

If you've made it up to this point, I really appreciate you taking the time to read through all of this whether you do post or not. But if you do, what I'd like to know is this:

-Any ideas come to mind that would be good to support myself?
-Are there any useful resources you can direct me to, or things I should know first?
-Most importantly, what do you think about this plan? Do you think it can succeed?

Feedback much appreciated
#main internet marketing discussion forum #college #freedom #school #starting from scratch
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  • Profile picture of the author FredJones
    How about s slight change to your plac about the backup support plan? Why look for the support post-facto if you can do while you are "at it" and thereby keep enriching your IM career at the same time? Your last resort remains, but you get more means by this.

    What I am saying is easy. Simply launch services. Since you are good at making videos, launch a video making service in some decent freelancing site and dedicate N hours per day to it, never more.

    That way, you have a reputation built up, and if your other part of the IM business plan does not pan out then before your community college or electrician job you have this as a buffer. Pus, this will keep you in closer touch with IM and also help you build a stronger business on the Internet. It could transform your life even more to a positive side.

    But on another note, I must say I feel great to see your planning ahead of time. That by itself shuold push oyu a long step forward.
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  • Profile picture of the author wolfmmiii
    Originally Posted by a1batross View Post

    You can probably guess what this post entails based on the title. I'm graduating from the class of 2012 just this Saturday, and unlike the rest of my friends, college was not something I wanted to do. Crippling debt, high interest rates, and 4 more years gone to schooling. No, I don't want to keep waiting to start holding my own ground. So let me take a moment to explain what I've decided on instead--

    First course of action starts tomorrow--
    -Any ideas come to mind that would be good to support myself?
    -Are there any useful resources you can direct me to, or things I should know first?
    -Most importantly, what do you think about this plan? Do you think it can succeed?

    Feedback much appreciated
    Do you know anything about running a business? It is, after all, what you are planning to undertake. Also be aware that most businesses fail.

    Your best bet is to go to college, major in business, and work your IM stuff on the sideline. The chances of anything you mentioned actually happening are statistically very very small. The odds of success are not in your favor and you are likely to fail. Should that happen, your high school education isn't going to take you all that far.
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  • Profile picture of the author sovereignn
    I dropped out of college for IM.

    I don't regret it I'm making MORE than I ever dreamed of and I have a nice house and stuff I'm only 20.

    That being said I'm going back to college to major in Finance and then I'm taking a venture into the world of Forex.

    So I guess IM was just a venture to fund my journey into larger amounts of money! If I succeed that is.
    • Profile picture of the author wolfmmiii
      Originally Posted by sovereignn View Post

      I dropped out of college for IM.

      I don't regret it I'm making MORE than I ever dreamed of and I have a nice house and stuff I'm only 20.

      That being said I'm going back to college to major in Finance and then I'm taking a venture into the world of Forex.

      So I guess IM was just a venture to fund my journey into larger amounts of money! If I succeed that is.
      That's great sovereignn but just keep in mind that you are the exception, not the rule. I think too many kids get out of high school and think they're going to become millionaires off of some half-assed clickbank product that they created. What's worse is that many folks on this very forum seem to encourage it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Mensah
    hey a1batross, I completely understand what you are going through man. I recently had to make a decision between going to university and getting my master's degree in Psych or continuing with internet marketing and I choose to go with IM because I truly believe in it. My parents were really pushing me to get my psych masters degree so I can according to them get "a real job" but trust me once the money starts rolling in they are not gonna complain any more

    I guess what am saying is as long as you don't give up you will succeed and this online thing will work for you.
  • Profile picture of the author TryBPO
    Hey, OP, I have some content recommendations that will help you tremendously:

    Lifestyle Business Podcast
    The Lifestyle Business Podcast

    TropicalMBA
    Get Paid to Travel the World – The Tropical MBA — Start and Grow a Global Business From Your Laptop

    These are put out by a couple of guys doing business around the world (one based in Bali, another in California, products sourced from China, etc.) and generating more than 1Mil per year. They're the real deal...we know them personally.

    They started an amazing thing: Tropical Interns. They started flying up-and-coming entrepreneurs around the world to places like the Philippines and Thailand to help them grow their business and to help them get their own started. The model is extremely valuable...we've followed in their footsteps and brought out first Intern to the Philippines a few months ago and he's killing it for us! - John The Intern

    Best of luck in your journey...
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan Curtis
    Originally Posted by a1batross View Post

    -Most importantly, what do you think about this plan? Do you think it can succeed?
    I think you can succeed. Why?

    Because you seem willing to work and seem to have a sensible viewpoint. I don't get the impression that you are a dreamer.

    People that go to college make much more money on the average than people who do not. This is not necessarily because they are smarter or that they are better employees, but society is set up to give them access to jobs they could not have otherwise.

    Further, there are some jobs, particularly in the professions like medicine or law or accounting, where the degree is required, and people in these jobs tend to make more money than the average job.

    However, the individuals that make the most money do not typically make it because of their college degree, whether they went to college or not. The people that make the most money are in entertainment or business, and for those that start their own businesses a college degree is not essential and may not even be helpful.

    Now, lots of businesses fail. And many people who are phenomenally successful in business owe a lot to luck.

    But there is still room in this world for bright people who are willing to work and who want to create something for themselves. And these are the ones who are successful in business.

    There is one thing that you should pay attention to, if you are planning on getting into the field of internet marketing, and this is a point that is often lost or overlooked or purposely hidden in this forum:

    INTERNET MARKETING IS ABOUT MARKETING.

    Marketing involves bringing a product of value to the consumer and getting something in exchange. The key word here is value.

    Marketing, whether internet or otherwise, is NOT just about making money. Money is just a medium of exchange. It is about providing a service or a product that people need or want.

    If you do this, if you find a product that people need or want that you can provide at a profit, and if you work intelligently and ethically, you have a very good chance of becoming successful.

    I would caution you not to just look at marketing products on the internet. The tools and ideas that you get here can be used anywhere. And you may have more opportunities with products that are not strictly internet based.

    For example, look what Ray Bradley did with a lawn mowing business he started when he was 12 years old:

    As grass grew, so did Ray Bradley's landscaping business - Tampa Bay Times

    Good luck to you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ayesha F
    You have to take step to enter in to world of internet marketing.Good luck
  • Profile picture of the author CaesarSEO
    Do both.

    My 2 years in college helped me loads in terms of "brain power" needed to build my online business.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jeff Baxter
      Hmm if I were in your shoes I would have went to college, stayed in, got my degree and a good career. I would have then been able to go to work, come home and not worry about work until the next day which would have amounted to a normal lifestyle..

      I'm successful at Internet Marketing, but youngsters who are really thinking about ditching your education for Internet Marketing, think long and hard. This business can take a toll on you, successful or not..

      Jeff
  • Profile picture of the author funkynassau
    Since you are 17 I say go for it, do the things you are planning for this summer, get yourself out there, make a few bucks and see what you think come the fall. I personally would suggest you go to college for perhaps biz marketing or web related programs. Maybe not in the fall, maybe not in a year, but dont dismiss college totally. The person you are at 17 is not the person you will be once you enter your 20s and have matured somewhat.

    My son is 24, he took Small Biz & Entrepreneurship at college, worked a year, went back for two yrs in Biz Marketing which he has now finished. The marketing course was so much more appropriate and relevant for him now that he's done it, he learned a lot and is implementing it now. You can do the same.

    So do what you want for now, but keep an open mind to the benefits of college down the road a bit. As I told my kid, you cant have too much education.
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  • Profile picture of the author WebPen
    College is about a lot more than just your degree.

    You learn self discipline, you make friends that last a lifetime, and you learn how to learn.

    Obviously it isn't necessary to succeed, but I still think that its a worthwhile investment.

    Just make sure you don't go to some overpriced Ivy League school that "teaches" you by just giving you case study after case study.

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